Executives from Daimler Trucks North America showcased several recently announced Detroit products and solutions in front of customers, dealers and media at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta.
The Detroit Connect portal, the hardware platform for Virtual Technician remote diagnostics, Detroit Assurance and other connected vehicle services, is now available on both the DD8 and DD5 medium-duty engines, bringing connectivity to the entire Detroit engine product line.
DTNA announced its customers with new Freightliner Cascadias equipped with Detroit engines soon will be able to take advantage of full capabilities of Detroit Connect Remote Updates, DTNA’s over-the-air programming solution. Beginning in October, fleet customers can build and upload customized engine parameters, including maximum road speed and cruise speeds, idle shutdown time and idle shutdown minimum/maximum ambient air temperature parameters.
Richard Howard, senior vice president of sales and marketing, says 60 percent of all Freightliner trucks produced today are equipped with Detroit Assurance, DTNA’s active driver assistance system. The new Detroit Assurance 4.0, available on new Cascadia models equipped with Detroit engines, offers full braking on stationary objects and moving pedestrian warning alerts.
“As we progressed through the last decade, we focused on increased fuel efficiency – that is now expected every year,” says Roger Nielsen, DTNA president and CEO. “In this decade, the focus on active safety- how to reduce drivers making mistakes and reduce insurance and liability costs for fleets.”
Also beginning in October, Detroit Connect Analytics will integrate with Detroit Assurance 4.0, pulling in safety reporting data to allow fleet managers to score drivers by monitoring lane departure warnings, collision mitigation braking, hard braking events and following distance warnings. On-board sensor data is captured 15 seconds before and after a fault event is triggered to get a better picture of driving behavior to aid in driver coaching efforts. Users can view data for a single trip, a single vehicle, or their entire fleet over different periods of time.
“[Fleets] will have access to their safety event data via the Detroit Connect portal, giving them actionable information they can use to help put their drivers on the path towards accident-free driving,” said Jason Krajewski, DTNA’s director of truck connectivity.
Customers also will be able to use Detroit Connect Analytics to remotely access Detroit Diesel Engine Control performance reports over the air to provide fuel efficiency data and other insights to optimize vehicle performance.